Vacancy Announcement - Internship/Traineeship - Youth Empowerment in Fragile Contexts 

Organizational Unit: Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit

Internship/traineeship term: Six months

Deadline for applications: 20 July 2018

Tentative starting date: 30 July 2018

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Programme description

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a training arm of the United Nations System, serving some 50,000 beneficiaries annually by conducting close to 500 capacity development and research activities around the world. We empower individuals, governments and organizations through knowledge and learning to effectively overcome contemporary global challenges.

The Mission of UNITAR is to develop capacities of individuals, organizations and institutions to enhance global decision-making and to support country-level action for shaping a better future. Training targets include two key groups of beneficiaries: the delegates to the United Nations and others who develop intergovernmental agreements establishing global norms, policies, and programmes, and the key national change agents who turn the global agreements into action at the national level.

UNITAR offers various training and capacity-development activities including in the area of “Peaceful and Just Societies” through the Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit (PTP). Recognizing that peace is a pre-requisite for sustainable development, the Programme Unit’s mission is to enable people and institutions to make meaningful contributions towards the peaceful resolution of conflicts and the building of lasting peace. The Programme Unit offers people-cantered solutions to address capacity gaps by transferring knowledge and skills and contributing to transforming attitudes and behaviours.

Thematic context of the internship/ traineeship:

On 09 December 2015, the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, thereby recognizing the importance of the positive contributions which young people are making for the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security. Furthermore, it affirmed the important role that youth need to assume in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and called for the engagement of youth as partners and leaders in the process of building lasting peace.

Reacting to needs expressed from partnering training institutions as well as following international advisory, UNITAR’s Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit has therefore broadened its activities to specifically address capacity gaps related to the contribution of young people to the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security.

The internship / traineeship

UNITAR PTP is now accepting applications from qualified applicants interested in working for a minimum of six months on a full-time basis at UNITAR headquarters in Geneva. Under the supervision of the Training Assistant for Peacebuilding, the intern/trainee will assist in the day to day work of the unit which entails a wide range of activities.

Individual work plans will be designed in accordance with specific terms of reference, which also highlight learning objectives as the internship/traineeship is intended to allow interns/trainees to develop specific skills and competences.

Specific working areas will include:

  • Support the global roll-out of the –elearning course on “Youth and Peacebuilding”
  • Support the conceptualization and implementation of project activities in the area of Youth and Peacebuilding implemented in partnership with other regional and International Organizations
  • Support with the programmatic development of activities related to Youth as Leaders Against Intolerance and Violent Extremism
  • Support the organization of public events related to the thematic area of Youth Empowerment in Fragile Contexts
  • Support with any other task as requested by the supervisor


Applicants should have a solid background in the following fields:

  • Peace studies/ international relations
  • Training / Education.

Skills required

The intern/trainee should have basic knowledge on training and capacity building and should possess good organizational and research skills, working knowledge of MS Office Suite, excellent internet and e-mail skills, and readiness to learn new IT tools in order to be able to efficiently work in the virtual learning environment. Other qualities, such as willingness to learn, dedication and independence at work are welcome.


Proficiency in English essential; working proficiency of another UN language will be considered an asset.


Interns/Trainees for this position at UNITAR will be based in our office in Geneva and will receive a monthly stipend of 700 CHF. Interns/Trainees are not staff members and shall not represent the Institute in any official capacity.

How to apply

Send your CV and motivation letter to indicating “Youth Empowerment in Fragile Contexts” in your subject line.